5 Tips to make your Spray Tan last longer with Aztec Spa in Torquay

Spray tanning is one of the most efficient way to get the bronzed glow you want, without the harmful effects of UV sun exposure. A spray tan can make your complexion look better and even make you look more toned.

Here at the Aztec Spa in Torquay we want your spray tans to look amazing and last as long as possible so you can keep feeling that golden glow. Here are some of our best tips to make the most of your tan.

Aztec Spa spray tans
Spray tans at Aztec Spa

Before you Tan:

Try and do a gentle exfoliation a good 12 hours before your spray tan and then leave the skin bare and free from any form of body lotions, moisturiser or oils. Exfoliating smooths and buffs the skin removing any dead skin cells, giving us a blank canvas to work with. As a part of the exfoliation process, you should shave your legs, underarms and bikini areas at least 24 hours before your spray tan.  No one wants a patchy and uneven tan so make sure you exfoliate and remove any hair before! 

Exfoliate your skin

Clothing & footwear
Come prepared and wear baggy and loose clothing. The last thing you want after you have been tanned is to have tight jeans on where the tan can rub and leave you with white patches. Try avoid wearing a bra and wear flip flops or sandals instead of shoes and socks. Once you’ve had the tan, your therapist should dry you down with warm air.

Flip flops - loose clothing
Flip flops

Avoid water
Try and avoid water as much as possible until the morning after your tan. Water will leave spots and streaks on your tan. Don’t go swimming or shower immediately after. Try and wash your hands as little as possible and don’t do any cleaning. The perfect excuse to make your other half finish the sink of dirty dishes!

After you Tan:

Try to wait at least 5-7 hours before you shower after tanning, ideally leave the tan overnight to give it chance to develop properly and absorb your skin. Be sure to use your old bed sheets if you do sleep in your tan as it can be transferred onto the bedding! When you do shower the tan off the next day, don’t scrub your skin and pat yourself dry with a towel. Avoid have long soaks in the bath and keep showers short and cool.

Shower off tan

If you want your tan to fade evenly and last as long as possible moisturise twice a day, try and use a good quality, hydrating moisturiser. Our spa therapists will be happy to advise you on any of our moisturisers that we have to offer in the Aztec Spa Shop that will keep your tan lasting as long as possible.


If you want to feel that summer glow all year round or have an event coming up soon, treat yourself to a St Tropez spray tan with our trained therapists in our tanning booth. We currently have 25% off full body tans when you book on a Thursday! #ThursdayTanDay.

To book please call us on 01803 400190.

Visit our website for treatments and prices.

Matt White

Matt White

Digital Marketing Executive at TLH Leisure Resort
A tourist in my home town! I love to explore the beauty of the naturally inspiring English Riviera with my family.
Matt White

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